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Mudavadi kicks Khalwale out of UDF

27 October 2014, 13:12 William Korir

Nairobi - Former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has wrestled back control of the United Democratic Front UDF, in the process kicking out Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale and executive chairman Hassan Osman.

UDF has of late been embroiled in a leadership struggle, with some party members claiming he was just a ceremonial leader and not the real party custodian.

But in a move executed during a special National Executive Council meeting in Nairobi Monday, the party threw out Osman and appointed Kassim Tandaza.

Yare Mohammed and Jane Ngare will deputize him.

Khalwale was also kicked out for not adhering to party rules and more of less supporting the CORD coalition as compared to the Amani, of which the UDF is a part.

UDF says that Khalwale has gone against party protocol in his support for a referendum and other radical changes that the UDF is not party to.

Read also: Is Wanjiru planning to join Jubilee after ditching ODM?

Mudavadi remains the overall party leader with his running mate during the March 2013 elections Jeremiah Kioni remaining the deputy party leader.

Mudavadi had insisted that reports of him not being in-charge at the party were false and that he was still the party leader.

" I am still in-charge here and reports that I am not will soon be dispelled, he said prior to the NEC meeting.

Osman had previously been accused of causing confusion in the party and trying to engineer Mudavadi's exit and demise. He is expected to make a statement on his exit in the coming days.

Other appointments to the party top brass were, Justus Kizito as Secretary General, with Abdullahi Maimuma his deputy.

Former MP Nderitu Murithi is the new treasurer.

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